Category Archives: Default settings

The GDPR – still huge uncertainties

Courtesy of European Schoolnet, Ghent University and KU Leuven,   a great many leading experts from the privacy world and the children’s world gathered last Friday in Brussels for the first open and serious EU-wide discussion on the implications of … Continue reading

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A trusted internet?

A joint blog from John Carr and Dr. Mike Short The dominant technology The Internet has become the dominant technology of the 21st century. There are now over 3 billion users worldwide and a vast array of services. The huge expansion … Continue reading

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What’s really going on with the new law

The number of sites that are going to be affected in any way at all  by the relevant provisions of the Digital Economy Act, 2017, is comparatively small although, of course, they are the biggest sites – the ones that … Continue reading

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The news today

Anyone reading the British newspapers today who works for or owns one of the major social media platforms will quickly realise that the end of the self-regulatory road is upon them.  Coming on the heels of extensive coverage last week … Continue reading

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Election 2017 – a Digital Manifesto

Age verification for pornography sites was a key measure advocated in the Digital Manifesto published by the UK children’s charities ahead of the 2015 General Election. Earlier this week that proposal was adopted in the Digital Economy Act, 2017. This shows … Continue reading

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Ring the bells!

At  3.15.p.m. today the Digital Economy Bill 2016-2017  completed the penultimate formal stages of the Parliamentary processes. The House of Lords agreed to all of the amendments to its amendments that had been made when the Bill went back to … Continue reading

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Brussels Bulletin – report back on GDPR matters

Earlier this week in Brussels the Article 29 Working Party and the Commission independently organized two separate sets of meetings on the GDPR. They were arranged sequentially. This meant I was able to go to both. Article 29 came first. … Continue reading

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